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What is a Hemangioma?

A hemangioma is a growth of blood cells that are benign in nature. Although they are the most common form of vascular tumors in children, they do give parents cause for concern when first observed. The good news is that hemangiomas typically grow for a limited period of time before eventually reducing in size without the need for treatment.

In most cases, a hemangioma will not impact your child even though they may look uncomfortable and painful. However, some hemangiomas can bleed or do become painful. It is important to have children with hemangiomas assessed, as there is also the chance they are associated with abnormalities of the nervous system or spine that do not present visible signs.

Hemangiomas Treatment

Even when hemangiomas are not causing any physical health problems, there is always the emotional impact on a child to consider. If you feel that your child’s self-confidence is being affected, or he or she is observed attempting to hide their hemangioma, treatment is still an option from the Vascular Birthmark Center. A beta blocker drug can help when the affected skin covers a small area, either through the application of a gel or as an oral medication. Corticosteroid medications are an alternative that may work for children who cannot take beta blockers. The drug is delivered either via injection directly into the nodule, as an ointment applied to the site or taken orally.

Laser surgery has a number of applications for treating hemangiomas. Dr. Greg Levitin can use a number of different lasers to reduce growth, discoloration and even the painful effects associated with some hemangiomas. Dr. Greg Levitin and the Vascular Birthmark Center support all ongoing research into treatment options for hemangiomas that work faster and provide more effective relief. As new treatments emerge, we are committed to ensuring that our young patients are the first to benefit.

Emotional Support for Children and Families

If you are seeking treatment for your child’s hemangioma due to the impact it has on self-confidence, the Vascular Birthmark Center is here to help find the support you need outside of treatment alone. This a subject that is especially close to Dr. Greg Levitin’s heart, as he was once in the very position you find yourself in now. In fact, the experience of one of his twin daughters with the treatment of a large hemangioma is what lead him down his current career path.

If you would like to discuss your child’s hemangioma with a team of professionals who care, trust the medical experts of the Vascular Birthmark Center. We have offices in New York and Los Angeles, where we welcome patients from all over the United States. Contact us today!

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The Vascular Birthmark Center: Gregory M. Levitin, MD

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Abril M.

Dr. Levitin is very knowledgeable, compassionate and professional. Five years ago, I needed to find information about a birth mark that my newborn daughter started to grow a couple days after birth. I was afraid, I did not feel like I got any clear information about it through my insurance; also, they did not offer any course of treatment for it. I started to look for information, the birthmark was growing each day, information was scarce and I just got more scared. Finally, I found a video in Youtube from a grandmother who was very grateful after finding treatment for her grand daughter through The Birthmark Foundation. It was a huge blessing to me and my family. I found Dr. Levitin, I contacted him thinking he probably would not even answer. I was wrong, he kindly answered promptly, got in touch with me and soon he had a plan : ) I went to see him at the Birthmark Center in Los Angeles. He explained everything in a way that it was so clear to understand, no question I made was insignificant and his answers were each very informative. I really never have had an experience with a doctor who explains and speaks in such a way. I left his office knowing that my daughter was in the best hands and the best care. I first thank God for the Birthmark Foundation, a great organization with the highest quality of doctors. Also, a very special thanks to Dr. Levitin for all his help and kindness, for listening to my concerns and answering each and every question. And last, but no least, to the Birthmark Foundation Center in Los Angeles : ) I hope many children can find help/care in this place as I found it for my daughter. Thank you forever.

Ryan E.

I will be telling tales of the good doctors compassion till time comes to an end. Because of Dr Levitin, I have more confidence in my every day life. He was fast, knowledgeable, precise and all with a disarming sense of humor. Two thumbs up!

Carla M.

I wanted to show you how much better Hailey's tongue looks and let you know her speech has already improved so much!!! Her speech teacher is thrilled!!!! Thank you so much for everything you did for her. You are an excellent surgeon with a great bedside manner- we are forever grateful to you!!! We are so appreciative!

Danielle L.

we are forever grateful for Dr. Levitin. My daughter Lena had surgery to remove her hemangioma that was located on her forehead at just 6 month old. she healed beautifully and we couldn't be happier with how minimal her scar is, even almost 4.5 years later. Dr. Levitin is caring, compassionate, and such a great doctor/surgeon overall. He had our daughter's best interest and I knew she was in good hands. I highly recommend him any chance I get!


My name is Chris and I was recently treated for an AVM on my forehead by Dr. Gregory Levitin of New York (New York Eye and Ear Infirmary). Thankfully, I live within a few hours of NYC. In brief, I would like to say that Dr. Levitin is very capable doctor with a lot of experience with AVMs. He responds quickly to e-mail, texts, and phone calls. He accepts insurance. He takes a "team approach" and will be your "QB" and involve other specialists as necessary. In my particular case they were Dr. Raj Shrivastava (Mt Sinai) and Dr. Raphael A. Ortiz (Lenox Hill) in NY. I recommend contacting Dr Levitin for a consultation if you suspect you have an AVM. All 3 Drs are just good people. When I spoke to them, they treated me like like an equal. I felt like they were advising me as a close friend or family member. Like many that suffer with AVMs I was at first mis-diagnosed. What was thought to be a just a simple cyst turned out to be an AVM. Surgery to remove the cyst made the AVM about 5x bigger. My treatment entailed a few MRIs and CAT scans to determine what was going on and the treatment plan. This was followed by consultation with the 3 Drs mentioned above and finally a 2-day procedure. On day 1 Dr Ortiz embolized the AVM. On day 2 Dr Levitin and Dr Shrivastava removed the AVM from my skull and put some metal mesh there to fill the "hole". It has been 6-months since the surgery and so far I have not had any recurrence. In honor of Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day and to thank these Drs for all they have done for me, I just want to give everyone a solid reference. Finding the right doctor for this type of stuff makes all the difference.

Valle S.

I just discovered this page i have also a birthmark I always experiences bully because of this. I don't know what kind of birthmark is this if it is harmful ? I hope Dr. Levitin notice this message in this way I think he can help me :) :) #DrLevitin

Alicia M.

This year marks the 10th that I contacted VBF for help. Since then I have been under the care of Dr. G Levitin and Dr. R. Ortiz, they are my guardian healing angels! Thanks VBF for not only helping me but also for letting me be a volunteer in the foundation whenever I am needed. A Big Hug to all from MIAMI... Alicia

Alexander G.

Totally positive experience. Dr. Levitin is a great professional. He has diagnosed and treated my nose breathing problem, significantly improving my quality of life. Office staff is very professional. Appointments always kept on time. Strongly recommend.